The 1990-91 UEFA Cup final witnessed a captivating all-Italian battle, with Internazionale emerging victorious over Roma on aggregate, marking their consecutive triumph in the tournament’s final. This historic achievement marked the second consecutive year that the UEFA Cup final was contested by two Italian teams, underscoring the nation’s dominance in European football during this period.
The season was also significant for the return of English clubs to the UEFA Cup, following a five-year ban imposed in the aftermath of the tragic events at the Heysel Stadium in 1985. Aston Villa, the English First Division runners-up, notably represented the English contingent, marking a partial reintegration of English clubs into the European competition landscape.
The first leg, held at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, showcased a commanding 2-0 victory for Internazionale over Roma, with Matthäus’s precise penalty at the 55th minute and Berti’s crucial goal at the 67th minute solidifying their dominant performance. The stadium reverberated with the energy of 68,887 passionate fans, with Alexey Spirin from the Soviet Union competently overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
In the second leg at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Roma fought fiercely but could only manage a 1-0 victory over Internazionale, with Rizzitelli’s late strike at the 81st minute. The match drew an enthusiastic crowd of 70,901 spectators, with Joël Quiniou from France skillfully overseeing the proceedings as the referee.
Internazionale’s triumph in the 1990-91 UEFA Cup final not only highlighted their tactical finesse and resilience but also solidified their position as a dominant force in European football, etching their name once again in the illustrious history of the UEFA Cup.